Pregnancy Over 35: How Donor Egg IVF Helps

Pregnancy Over 35: How Donor Egg IVF Helps

Submitted by Chelsea Cook, Donor Egg Bank USA/ California Cryobank

Many women spend their lives dreaming of having the perfect family. However, becoming pregnant and joining others in motherhood can prove challenging for those in their mid-thirties. For couples whose dreams are dashed by infertility, the prospect of not creating a family can be extremely upsetting - particularly for those who have unsuccessfully undergone traditional IVF with their own eggs.

Fortunately, there is still hope.

Egg related infertility can be combated by in vitro fertilization with frozen donor eggs from, a proven and highly successful infertility solution for many women.

Egg related infertility is not uncommon

You may ask yourself “why me?” but you are not alone.

Infertility is extremely common, especially over the age of 35. The average 25-year-old woman has a 25% chance of becoming pregnant each month, decreasing to only 5% by the age of 40. As you age, the quality and quantity of your viable eggs naturally decreases. It can provide some comfort to know the complexity of reproduction. If you experience feelings of inadequacy upon discovering your eggs are not sufficient for conception, remember you are amongst many other women who are in the same position.

A whirlwind of emotions

Coming to terms with the idea of not being genetically connected to your child can cause some women grief. Not being able to create the family you’ve always wanted may make you feel like a failure, and can prove traumatic for some couples. Donor egg IVF provides hope your dream of carrying and giving birth to your child is still within reach. Further, it’s of some consolation that the father is still able to make a genetic contribution to the baby. The prospect of using donor eggs may be daunting, but it’s comforting to know there’s ongoing support available from well-trained counsellors to help guide you and soothe your worries.

Selecting your egg donor

Once you made the brave decision to go ahead with donor egg IVF, the first stage of the process is to enroll in a program. Once registered, you may browse your program’s database of egg donors. Choosing your perfect donor is a very significant part of the process, and may require some time and thought. To alleviate your worries, all donors undergo a rigorous screening process and medical evaluation to ensure they are suitable candidates.

Donor profiles contain all the important information you might want to know, including: education and employment history, family medical history, an overview of the donor’s achievements and personality, as well as photographs to allow you to assess physical characteristics. Every couple will have different criteria for their donor, with certain qualities being more important than others. It’s entirely up to you, and you can take as little or as long as you need to decide.

Frozen or fresh?

The next decision you will face is whether to opt for the traditional method of donor egg IVF – fresh egg cycles - or frozen egg donation. When deliberating between the two, there are a number of important factors to consider: method, price, time, and success rates.

In a fresh donor egg cycle, the donor and recipient’s menstrual cycles are required to synchronize, which increases the length of time necessary to complete the process. The donor’s eggs are retrieved, immediately fertilized, and then implanted into the recipient. On the other hand, frozen donor egg IVF is generally a quicker process, as the eggs are immediately available and can be shipped to the recipient at any time and any place, allowing more flexibility for families. Not having to rely on the donor can prevent interruptions and cancellations due to poor ovarian response or unforeseen life events. At approximately half the cost - and with success rates mirroring fresh egg donation cycles - frozen egg donation is usually the chosen option.

A child to hold and call your own

Donor egg banks can help provide you with the child you always wanted. That monumental moment when your pregnancy test reads positive will make all the heartache worth it. Not being genetically related will no longer be a concern; your child will be inside you and you will love it unconditionally.